My 10 year old son and I met some friends at a park. There is a small trail just off the playground area and some woods on the other side. The 4 boys between us decided they wanted to play with another group of boys that were building a fort with branches in the woods. We could see the trail and woods from where we were sitting, but the other moms I was with started screaming at the top of their lungs “Get out of the woods! Get out of the woods!” in an almost panicked way! I had no problem with my son playing in the woods and getting dirty and heaven forbid, being in actual nature. They were so afraid of ticks, snakes and “strangers”, they couldn’t let their kids just have fun for 15 minutes without being 5 feet away from their moms.
Another time when he was younger, maybe 5, we met 2 friends at a park and I remember the other girl and boy just standing there staring off into space like they had no idea what they were supposed to do there! The moms then intervened and told them what to do. This also happened with another friend at the beach. The mom had to tell the kid step by step what he was supposed to do with the buckets and shovels because he couldn’t figure out how to just play and have fun.
As an only child, it is hard for my son to find other kids to just play or hang out with. He has asked neighborhood kids to go play in the woods behind our houses but they aren’t allowed. It is very frustrating!!!
Unbelievable!! That’s scary!! I hope you get to talk to the parents , giving info or talking about this should be fun, and not like attacking. Good vibes! Hope your son is well❤ hugs.
I’m new to parenthood with an 8 month old girl. Agree with bradyfamily. We might say something like, “You know I saw this great talk given by a child psychologist how it’s important to let our kids explore….”
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